The following instructions were provided by Sam and verified by Patricia to work with Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa running on top of VirtualBox

Simplified node.js agenda install:

sudo apt install -y curl git subversion
curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install -y nodejs
sudo npm install -g yarn
sudo snap install --classic code

git clone
cd whimsy-board-agenda-nodejs
yarn install
yarn dev

Install Ruby-based Whimsy

sudo apt-get install -y ruby-dev build-essential libgmp3-dev libldap2-dev
sudo apt-get install -y libsasl2-dev zlib1g-dev imagemagick pdftk ldap-utils
sudo gem install bundler
sudo mkdir -p /srv
sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) /srv
cd /srv
git clone
cd whimsy
bundle install
sudo ruby -I lib -r whimsy/asf -e "ASF::LDAP.configure"

At this point, you can verify that you can talk to LDAP with a command like the following:

ldapsearch -x -LLL uid=pats cn mail

Add web server:

cd /srv/whimsy
rake update svn:update
sudo apt install -y apache2 libapache2-mod-passenger
sudo sed -i "/localhost$/s/$/ whimsy.local/" /etc/hosts
sudo a2enmod authnz_ldap cgid expires headers proxy_http
sudo a2enmod proxy proxy_wstunnel rewrite speling
sudo cp /srv/whimsy/config/whimsy.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available
sudo cp /srv/whimsy/config/25-authz_ldap_group_membership.conf /etc/apache2/conf-available
sudo a2ensite whimsy
sudo a2enconf 25-authz_ldap_group_membership
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Visit http://whimsy.local/